Dum flaus in agro gaudet colligere spicas Ruth, forte affinis, venit in arua Booz. [ûRuth thanks Boaz for letting her glean his fields, from The Story of Ruth.]
$300 / ≈ €276
Copper engraving published in " Thesaurus sacrarum historiarum veteris testamenti, elegantissimis imaginabus expressum excellentissimorum in hac arte virorum opera: nunc primum in lucem editus (and) Thesaurus Novi Testamenti" in superb original coloring and details heightened in gold.
The work was first published in 1579 by Gerard de Jode. A second, extended edition of the book followed in 1585.
The engraving was made after a design by Maerten de Vos (1532-1603)
The Antwerp De Jode family consists of four generations of publishers, designers and engravers, working between c.1550 and 1670, throughout the 'golden age' of Flemish printmaking and painting.
Gerard de Jode (1509 - 1591). can be regarded as the second most successful Antwerp print publisher of the mid-16th century justifies the revised and improved publication of all prints issued by him, including his entire print bible (the Thesaurus) and atlas (the Speculum Orbis Terrarum).
Gerard de Jode's largest project was his print bible, known as the Thesaurus. Published first in 1579 in an Old Testament edition only, the Thesaurus consisted mostly of a compilation of series which De Jode already had in stock. To the second edition, of 1585, he added newly engraved series to the Old Testament and also added the New Testament. Between these two editions something interesting happened, which sets De Jode apart from other publishers. In the second edition several plates were replaced by new ones or heavily reworked. It can only be concluded that De Jode felt the need to aesthetically update his older prints, something no other contemporary publisher is known to have done.
Gerard was the great rival of Ortelius, both made a living out of selling maps, and it seems not always on good terms. It is probable that Ortelius was responsible for a delay in the publication of Gerard de Jode's Speculum. Gerard De Jode, 18 years older than Ortelius, owned many more copper-plates for maps than Ortelius had. Ortelius did not employ highly paid engravers as De Jode had done.
De Jode received the ecclesiastical imprimatur in 1573, but it was not until 1579 that the first copies of the Speculum were sold at Plantin's shop, and only very few copies were sold.
Reference: Hans Mielke, 'Der Thesaurus Veteris et Novi Testamenti des GdJ', in 'Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 1975, pp.29-83.
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